Bad sign: Cantor’s vanquisher surprised MSNBC host isn’t just celebrating his victory

posted at 2:01 pm on June 11, 2014 by Noah Rothman

After losing his primary to economics professor Dave Brat, Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) revealed that he does not intend to run again as a write-in candidate. In December, the House Majority Leader will retire from Congress. Brat, running in a district with a Cook Partisan Voting Index rating of R+10, is highly likely to represent Virginia’s 7th in the 114th Congress.

And while tea party groups and talk radio hosts are celebrating the downfall of a Republican member of Congress who came to symbolize the “establishment,” there are indications that this enthusiasm is misplaced.

In the wake of his victory, Brat joined MSNBC host Chuck Todd on Wednesday where he received a gentle grilling and was asked for his position on a variety of policy matters. Brat seemed entirely unprepared to have to speak on issues of substance. In fact, he suggested – perhaps (hopefully) jokingly – that he thought Todd invited him on the program merely to celebrate his victory.

“Where are you on the minimum wage?” Todd began, starting off with a question right in this economics expert’s wheelhouse.

Brat railed against unspecific distorting effects on the market before he was prompted to say whether or not he thought a minimum wage should even exist? “I don’t have a well-crafted response on that one,” Brat replied.

…Okay. So, how about foreign policy?

“Would you be in favor of arming the Syrian rebels?” Todd asked.

“Hey, Chuck, I thought we were just going to chat today about the celebratory aspect,” Brat replied. “I’d love to go through all this, but my mind is just, uh, I didn’t get much sleep.”

“I love the policy questions, I’m happy to do more, but I just wanted to talk about the victory here,” he continued.

Sure, sleep deprivation will dull anyone’s wit. But any competent Republican campaigner should be able to endure the rendition tactics depicted in Zero Dark Thirty and emerge aware of the fact that MSNBC is not the place insurgent tea partiers go for softballs.

Maybe Brat was, as he said, merely exhausted from a long night following his primary victory. However, as The Washington Examiner’s Ashe Schow noted, “he’s going to have to get it together real quick now that he’s been thrust into the national spotlight.”


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He was sandbagged. He said “I thought we were gonna talk about XYZ” because that’s what he was told to get him on the show.

When he says he doesn’t have a well crafted response, that means exactly what it means: That as an economics expert, he knows that a federal minimum wage is just silly but also knows that there are no proposals to abolish it on the table for political reasons.

He handled himself fine.

Skipity on June 11, 2014 at 2:35 PM

If this were Eric Cantor being interviewed, Rothman’s tune would change to “Cantor successfully controlled the interview, dismissing Todd’s line of questioning and kept on the message that he won and why that’s a good thing.”

BKennedy on June 11, 2014 at 2:35 PM

Bad sign: Hot Air blogger already talking down primary winner after one day removed from victory

SirGawain on June 11, 2014 at 2:35 PM

Whateve, Schad.

I guess when I come to a conservsative blog, I expect some conservatism. I guess I’m just weird like that.

Bitter Clinger on June 11, 2014 at 2:34 PM

Dear good friend, HA is now owned by Salem. You know this. That’s all I’m saying. MM is gone, running her other endeavors.

Knock Noah’s ideas. I’m sure it will have as much effect as knocking Ed’s :)

Schadenfreude on June 11, 2014 at 2:36 PM

Todd launched a barrage of partisan gotcha questions and Brat was tired and ill prepared to deal with anyone at MSNBC. Hopefully he learned his lesson.

MCGIRV on June 11, 2014 at 2:36 PM

New HotAir editor Noah Rothman, who supports illegal alien amnesty, is upset that Brat won.

It was interesting to see that the only HotAir editor who seemed happy (both on Twitter and on this blog) about Cantor losing was Allahpundit.

bluegill on June 11, 2014 at 2:09 PM

After a certain time, hot air becomes lukewarm.

SirGawain on June 11, 2014 at 2:37 PM

Two points:

Today is June 11. The election is November 4. Take a deep breath.

His opponent is another professor from the same college, a sociologist. That means (a) he certainly knows his opponent and (b) he’s dealing with a guy who’s probably pretty left. The district is R +10. I’m guessing it’s going to go well for Brat.

Mr. D on June 11, 2014 at 2:37 PM

He knows what he believes. He sounded great on Hannity’s show last night. Now if you press him on specific legislation right now, you’ll probably stump him. But he’s not someone who looks at polls or campaign donations and then conveniently decides what he stands for.

Doughboy on June 11, 2014 at 2:19 PM

The only thing is that any candidate pulling an upset on an establishment Republican should know — or damn well better figure out in a hurry — that he or she is going to have the same scenario played on them that happened to O’Donnell in Delaware, after her win over establishment candidate Mike Castle.

You’re a new name that who is pretty much an undefined persona for the vast majority of people out there, and the Democratic Party and their supporters in the big media are ready to help define you as either an A.) Idiot; B.) Nut Job, or C.) Evil, heartless bahstard. So you better be ready to deal with the challenges in the upcoming days, or that will be how many people, including those in your own congressional district, are going to see you from now until November.

Going on MSNBC unprepared can be considered a rookie mistake. Going on MSNBC, or any of the other channels after this, or giving an interview to the Washington Post without being prepared from now on is the equivalent of taping a ‘kick me’ sign to your rear groin while standing in a locker room at the World Cup.

jon1979 on June 11, 2014 at 2:37 PM

i defended him even though i didn’t watch the interview, actually. but now i just watched it. and i agree with those who said… he did just fine, it wasn’t bad at all. no need to be worried about him.

Sachiko on June 11, 2014 at 2:37 PM

Too early to say the guys a moron, but he is clearly not particularly well-informed.

urban elitist on June 11, 2014 at 2:21 PM

It’s not too late to say that without the prompter obama is a total moron. Argue, and I’ll provide video/links.

Schadenfreude on June 11, 2014 at 2:37 PM

He knows what he believes. He sounded great on Hannity’s show last night. Now if you press him on specific legislation right now, you’ll probably stump him. But he’s not someone who looks at polls or campaign donations and then conveniently decides what he stands for.

Doughboy on June 11, 2014 at 2:19 PM

Reagan knew what he believed and never had to think about an answer. If a candidate pauses that just means he is trying to think of the right answer not his.

Sven on June 11, 2014 at 2:38 PM

Dear good friend, HA is now owned by Salem. You know this. That’s all I’m saying. MM is gone, running her other endeavors.

Knock Noah’s ideas. I’m sure it will have as much effect as knocking Ed’s :)

Schadenfreude on June 11, 2014 at 2:36 PM

True.

All I can say is that if AP ever leaves, so will I.

Bitter Clinger on June 11, 2014 at 2:38 PM

Leave it to HotAir to begin the ESTABLISHMENT Republican attack on Dave Brat!

Look for the RNCC money to NOT go in any form to Brat. This candidate will need DIRECT contributions.

Freddy on June 11, 2014 at 2:38 PM

This reminds me of the time MSNBC started grilling Wendy Davis about exactly where she draws the line with elective abortions after her filibuster.

Dave did fine. Chuck Todd came across as a ticked-off political hack trying to embarrass him. Can Todd tell us where exactly Cantor stands on the minimum wage, trade agreements and foreign intervention? You know the answer.

crrr6 on June 11, 2014 at 2:38 PM

He did better than most pols who have spent years in DC. He deflected nicely and sounded normal.

He may indeed have skeletons in his closet – but this is picking on nothing.

Would hate to just sweep generalizations on our newest poster – but to the extent everyone in DC isn’t paying attention (and this includes those of you in the media, including the small sliver of conservative media) the conservative wing of the GOP is so over all of you. They don’t trust you, and they are tired of being characterized as hicks, and racists, and sexists, and every other “ists” the DC elite throw their way. These people are better, much better, than any single person working in DC. In fact, the normal working guy is better, by himself, than the entirety of DC.

Zomcon JEM on June 11, 2014 at 2:38 PM

I just wish the State Run Media spent as much time and effort investigating Benghazi as they are a House race in Virginia….

d1carter on June 11, 2014 at 2:39 PM

I don’t need to be a blogger to point out that Hot Air is milquetoast crap.

echosyst on June 11, 2014 at 2:33 PM

This is one of the funniest HA comments. Thanks for the laugh.

Schadenfreude on June 11, 2014 at 2:39 PM

I am a Republican who wants to win

Redford on June 11, 2014 at 2:16 PM


Huh? I should have called this one weeks ago.

I’ve been remiss due to spending more time with my family. Literally.

*POOF* ! You’re a troll.

PolAgnostic on June 11, 2014 at 2:39 PM

Brat’s first lesson – stay away from MSNBC. There’s nothing to gain and everything to lose.

bw222 on June 11, 2014 at 2:39 PM

MSM hatchet job and gotcha questions. Bait and switch by Chuck Toad. Just look at the types of questions they ask Democrats vs. the GOP.

The media elites are scared to death.

nazo311 on June 11, 2014 at 2:40 PM

Yep, the GOP will welcome Brat with open arms…

d1carter on June 11, 2014 at 2:40 PM

I am a Republican who wants to win

Redford on June 11, 2014 at 2:16 PM

Huh, and I got the clear impression that you are a leftist concern troll. Weird, huh?

yaedon on June 11, 2014 at 2:40 PM

Schadenfreude on June 11, 2014 at 2:30 PM

Explains why RedState is also churning out articles against amnesty opponents by the dozens.

Leon Wolf has one titled “The Toxicity of Immigration Rhetoric” in which he virtually accuses amnesty opponents of being racist and hating Mexicans.

What is with these Establishment apologists? It sure doesn’t take much for them to sell their principles.

TheRightMan on June 11, 2014 at 2:40 PM

jon1979 on June 11, 2014 at 2:37 PM

The difference being O’Donnell was a nutjob opportunist and not a serious candidate. As bad as Akins. That mistake will not be made again.

Zomcon JEM on June 11, 2014 at 2:40 PM

Too early to say the guys a moron, but he is clearly not particularly well-informed.

urban elitist on June 11, 2014 at 2:21 PM

He has a PhD in Economics isn’t known for recommending trillion dollar stimulus boondoggles to the president.

Does reelected Congressman Hank Johnson still think Guam is capsize-able?

crrr6 on June 11, 2014 at 2:42 PM

So why doesn’t Cantor balls-up and run in adjoining VA-3 where there is no R candidate — just a complacent D ??

KenInIL on June 11, 2014 at 2:43 PM

Yeah, I listened to the interview and the guy did fine, contrary to what HA’s new resident blogger said. Clearly Brat wasn’t expecting the questions, but he gave answers to all of them. His foreign policy answer made plenty of sense to me; he did a good job of framing it within his area of expertise.

As for you Rothman, you’ve had more posts on Hot Air than Brat has done interviews, and you’re looking one hell of a lot worse. To paraphrase you, you’re going to have to get it together real quick now that you’ve been thrust before the HA audience or it’s gonna get ugly fast.

dorkintheroad on June 11, 2014 at 2:43 PM

Mr. Rothman, want some sugar with your tea?

Geez… the Establishment media (Hot Air, RedState, etc…) are sure full of sour grapes today.

Is it because none of you “smart ones” saw this coming? Or because the pet project (AMNESTY) of your financiers is in disarray?

Cantor lost, Brat won! Deal with it…

Next, you will be writing an article that we should support Brat’s Democrat opponent.

I bet you Cantor knew less than Brat when he was first elected… considering he is still stupid and couldn’t fathom that AMNESTY would sink him.

TheRightMan on June 11, 2014 at 2:26 PM

The disconnect between the bloggers and the comments on here is interesting to say the least.

SirGawain on June 11, 2014 at 2:43 PM

Bad sign: Hot Air blogger already talking down primary winner after one day removed from victory

SirGawain on June 11, 2014 at 2:35 PM

Hear! Hear!

novaculus on June 11, 2014 at 2:44 PM

What is with these Establishment apologists? It sure doesn’t take much for them to sell their principles.

TheRightMan on June 11, 2014 at 2:40 PM

the only problem with Republican principles is no one’s following them.” — Dave Brat

The establishment can go to Hell, on amnesty into the hottest layer, traitors that they are. I hate them more than the D-latrine-rats.

Btw, your comments are terrific!

Schadenfreude on June 11, 2014 at 2:45 PM

Reagan knew what he believed and never had to think about an answer. If a candidate pauses that just means he is trying to think of the right answer not his.

Sven on June 11, 2014 at 2:38 PM

Comparing a newly-elected Virginia House candidate who wasn’t expected to win, to the vast political and oratory experience of Ronald Reagan which has only grown to near-legendary proportions since he held office?

Alien on June 11, 2014 at 2:45 PM

You guys knocking Brat for not having specific answers yet for every domestic/foreign topic are silly. Give the guy some time to get his feet wet. Did you know absolutely everything about your job when you started? No, of course not. And as a politician you are supposed to have knowledge and answers for a much larger number of topics than the typical career position. Similar depth no, but wider breadth yes.

For a brand new underdog challenger like Brat that wasn’t given a snowball’s chance it is understandable he has not yet spent the time to formulate policy positions for every topic under the sun. He focused on refining and hammering home his foundational beliefs to VA voters, and they will form the basis for his policies going forward. It’ll be time to worry if he doesn’t have good answers to things like this six months from now.

JSR08 on June 11, 2014 at 2:33 PM

C’mon. He wasn’t asked every domestic/foreign policy question, he was asked a few, topical ones. It’s not expecting too much that he be able to answer them, or to even expect they’ll be asked on a network when appearing on MSNBC.

It seems as long as these candidates say the right tea party buzzwords and run against an establishment candidate no one really cares what their specific positions are, and I think that’s a problem.

changer1701 on June 11, 2014 at 2:46 PM

Bad sign: Hot Air blogger already talking down primary winner after one day removed from victory

SirGawain on June 11, 2014 at 2:35 PM

Excellent way of going after the new DIABLO of HA

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Schadenfreude on June 11, 2014 at 2:46 PM

The economic professor can’t spot out an answer on minimum wage? C’mon, that suggests a certain detachment from the issues of the day, no? But defend him — you guys are the ones who thought “what magazines do you read!” was a “gotcha” question.

urban elitist on June 11, 2014 at 2:47 PM

OT – has the OR shooter been identified?

Schadenfreude on June 11, 2014 at 2:48 PM

It seems as long as these candidates say the right tea party buzzwords and run against an establishment candidate no one really cares what their specific positions are, and I think that’s a problem.

changer1701 on June 11, 2014 at 2:46 PM

He’s an economics prof. with lots of publications; you really think he doesn’t have an answer about the minimum wage?

Like others noted, he was sandbagged. He’ll do fine on the campaign trail.

Good Solid B-Plus on June 11, 2014 at 2:48 PM

Wow so in Rothman’s first week on the new job he already has outed himself as an Establishment shill. Congratulations, you’ll fit right in with all the other writers here.

rndmusrnm on June 11, 2014 at 2:49 PM

urban elitist on June 11, 2014 at 2:47 PM

Your tears are delicious.

cozmo on June 11, 2014 at 2:49 PM

The economic professor can’t spot out an answer on minimum wage? C’mon, that suggests a certain detachment from the issues of the day, no? But defend him — you guys are the ones who thought “what magazines do you read!” was a “gotcha” question.

urban elitist on June 11, 2014 at 2:47 PM

He gave an answer you dolt; wages can’t surpass productivity.

dorkintheroad on June 11, 2014 at 2:49 PM

The economic professor can’t spot out an answer on minimum wage? C’mon, that suggests a certain detachment from the issues of the day, no? But defend him — you guys are the ones who thought “what magazines do you read!” was a “gotcha” question.

urban elitist on June 11, 2014 at 2:47 PM

Barack Obama has well over a decade in retail politics and he can’t answer questions off the cuff. Brat’s been in politics for a few months.

Good Solid B-Plus on June 11, 2014 at 2:49 PM

I thought Brat did well, and I didn’t think Todd was particularly aggressive, either, which kind of surprised me. Noah’s take on the interview seems silly.

I particularly liked Brat’s comments about each international situation being unique, and that the simplistic ‘isolationist’ versus ‘interventionist’ pigeonholes are unhelpful.

fadetogray on June 11, 2014 at 2:49 PM

The economic professor can’t spot out an answer on minimum wage?

Fool, he did. You didn’t view the tape and just went by Noah’s bloody excerpt.

C’mon, that suggests a certain detachment from the issues of the day, no? But defend him — you guys are the ones who thought “what magazines do you read!” was a “gotcha” question.

urban elitist on June 11, 2014 at 2:47 PM

You made a fool of yourself in the first sentence, and then you dug in, deeper. Enjoy the usual latrine, lazy thinker.

Schadenfreude on June 11, 2014 at 2:49 PM

C’mon. He wasn’t asked every domestic/foreign policy question, he was asked a few, topical ones. It’s not expecting too much that he be able to answer them, or to even expect they’ll be asked on a network when appearing on MSNBC.

I listened to the interview. He did answer them, but didn’t allow himself to get bogged down in details. Which is smart.

And I don’t think he was *actually* surprised that MSNBC didn’t just want to chat with him about his victory.

Pearl clutchers out in force today.

Missy on June 11, 2014 at 2:50 PM

What is this article even about? Brat did fine.

1. He answered an out-of-left-field question about whether we should have a minimum wage very clearly without giving up a five second soundbite of him saying, “Yes, I think the minimum wage ought to be abolished.”

2. He then clearly answered a question about free trade in the affirmative.

3. He put the brakes on the interview when the interviewer kept talking about things other than his win in the primary (which is obviously why he was on the show to begin with).

4. He then avoided a classic either/or trap regarding interventionism/isolationism by recognizing that US leadership in the world is very important but that other nations must pull their own weight, too.

Sheesh. There’s not much here to hate, IMO, other than the poor timing and choice of show.

yaedon on June 11, 2014 at 2:50 PM

Too early to say the guys a moron, but he is clearly not particularly well-informed.

urban elitist on June 11, 2014 at 2:21 PM

?

Strange comments about a Princeton alum & guy with a Ph.D. in economics…

http://faculty.rmc.edu/dbrat/BRAT2012-CV.pdf

cs89 on June 11, 2014 at 2:50 PM

The difference being O’Donnell was a nutjob opportunist and not a serious candidate. As bad as Akins. That mistake will not be made again.

Zomcon JEM on June 11, 2014 at 2:40 PM

I get that. But the template has been set so that the Democrats and the big media want to paint every successful primary challenger as a Christine O’Donnell or a Todd Akin for the general election, and will bend the narrative to do it.

That’s the minefield Brat needs to understand and prepare for in the next few weeks, to prevent others from defining him to the vast majority of the public before he defines himself.

jon1979 on June 11, 2014 at 2:51 PM

Bad sign: Hot Air blogger already talking down primary winner after one day removed from victory
SirGawain on June 11, 2014 at 2:35 PM

Couldn’t agree more.

I guess it shouldn’t come as a surprise. See video link below to watch new HotAir editor Noah Rothman (skip to 6:00 mark) try to argue that selling out and supporting illegal alien amnesty is something that a “principled” conservative would do.
VIDEO – Pro-amnesty Noah Rothman as a guest on The Young Turks: http://youtu.be/91x7GBml9ik

bluegill on June 11, 2014 at 2:52 PM

The economic professor can’t spot out an answer on minimum wage? C’mon, that suggests a certain detachment from the issues of the day, no?

urban elitist on June 11, 2014 at 2:47 PM

it wasn’t that he can’t, it’s that he didn’t want to. todd was trying to ask him very simple, direct questions about complicated issues that should require a lot more than a short and simple answer. if brat had given a short and simple answer to todd’s questions, liberals would pick his words apart and jump to conclusions about his positions on the issues.

Sachiko on June 11, 2014 at 2:52 PM

Bull!

claudius on June 11, 2014 at 2:52 PM

Reagan knew what he believed and never had to think about an answer. If a candidate pauses that just means he is trying to think of the right answer not his.

Sven on June 11, 2014 at 2:38 PM

The culture has changed quite a bit in the last 35 years. Candidates today also have to appeal to younger people who’ve been victims of the public education system over the last couple of decades.

Wendya on June 11, 2014 at 2:52 PM

Wow so in Rothman’s first week on the new job he already has outed himself as an Establishment shill. Congratulations, you’ll fit right in with all the other writers here.

rndmusrnm on June 11, 2014 at 2:49 PM

I admit I’m grateful he outed himself this early. A favor to readers.

I’ve been suspecting for awhile now that Allah might be looking for other digs. I don’t always agree with him, but he and a plurality of commenters are the only reasons I read HotAir.

Missy on June 11, 2014 at 2:53 PM

Apparently Noah Rothman is of the Allahpundit “Squeal and Run Hide” school of paranoid Eeyorism.

Brat gives half-hour stump speeches on the details of economic policy, that’s his specialty. He was probably asked NOT to get deep in the weeds, then Todd sandbagged him because Todd is a hack propagandist and a toady for Obama who carries water and licks the boots of Teh Wan.

Adjoran on June 11, 2014 at 2:53 PM

Strange comments about a Princeton alum & guy with a Ph.D. in economics…

http://faculty.rmc.edu/dbrat/BRAT2012-CV.pdf

cs89 on June 11, 2014 at 2:50 PM

Don’t you know? Ivy League diplomas only count if you’re a lefty. Every right-winger with an Ivy League PhD only got it because of Boooosh/Halliburton/The Koch Bros and their evil Christianist agenda.

Good Solid B-Plus on June 11, 2014 at 2:53 PM

As for you Rothman, you’ve had more posts on Hot Air than Brat has done interviews, and you’re looking one hell of a lot worse. To paraphrase you, you’re going to have to get it together real quick now that you’ve been thrust before the HA audience or it’s gonna get ugly fast.

dorkintheroad on June 11, 2014 at 2:43 PM

Hehe.

cs89 on June 11, 2014 at 2:54 PM

it wasn’t that he can’t, it’s that he didn’t want to.

Sachiko on June 11, 2014 at 2:52 PM

Not so. He gave a perfect answer. Just see the video. Don’t go by Noah’s excerpt.

Schadenfreude on June 11, 2014 at 2:54 PM

Bitter Clinger on June 11, 2014 at 2:38 PM

I’ve been here a while, long enough to see it grow and change. I preferred it when MM had an active hand in running it. I have long term online friends here, so I’ll probably be here until Salem screws it up so badly we migrate to some other place.

novaculus on June 11, 2014 at 2:56 PM

There’s not much here to hate, IMO, other than the poor timing and choice of show.

yaedon on June 11, 2014 at 2:50 PM

Great summary of what actually happened. I’m taking all of Noah’s posts with a boulder sized grain of salt from here on.

ElectricPhase on June 11, 2014 at 2:57 PM

I get that. But the template has been set so that the Democrats and the big media want to paint every successful primary challenger as a Christine O’Donnell or a Todd Akin for the general election, and will bend the narrative to do it.

That’s the minefield Brat needs to understand and prepare for in the next few weeks, to prevent others from defining him to the vast majority of the public before he defines himself.

jon1979 on June 11, 2014 at 2:51 PM

Correct about the template and the minefield. However, those candidates all lost in statewide elections in mostly purple states. The media cannot nationalize an election and manufacture a victory as easily in an R+10 House district. Dems barely had anyone even picked out to run.

Now GOP establishment sabotage out of spite, that’s another possibility altogether.

Missy on June 11, 2014 at 2:57 PM

New HotAir editor Noah Rothman, who supports illegal alien amnesty, is upset that Brat won.

It was interesting to see that the only HotAir editor who seemed happy (both on Twitter and on this blog) about Cantor losing was Allahpundit.

bluegill on June 11, 2014 at 2:09 PM

Thanks for the warning!

thuja on June 11, 2014 at 2:58 PM

After a certain time, hot air becomes lukewarm.

SirGawain on June 11, 2014 at 2:37 PM

heh. They should rename the place.

“LukewarmAir”

I like it!

novaculus on June 11, 2014 at 2:58 PM

I realize that I’m not a professional writer, but, here’s my take.

kingsjester on June 11, 2014 at 2:59 PM

Not so. He gave a perfect answer. Just see the video. Don’t go by Noah’s excerpt.

Schadenfreude on June 11, 2014 at 2:54 PM

no, i saw it… what i meant was that he didn’t want to give a short and simple answer, which i think was what todd was looking for. but i do think his answer was good.

Sachiko on June 11, 2014 at 2:59 PM

Finally a pic.

Thanks Noah!

Brat on June 11, 2014 at 2:03 PM

No horns?

slickwillie2001 on June 11, 2014 at 2:59 PM

Does Noah know Brit Hume…?

d1carter on June 11, 2014 at 2:59 PM

Now GOP establishment sabotage out of spite, that’s another possibility altogether.

Missy on June 11, 2014 at 2:57 PM

Unfortunately for the GOP Establishment, even if those that voted for Brat are all that show up for him in November, he will still win.

:)

TheRightMan on June 11, 2014 at 3:00 PM

Funny how a Republican gets tough questions, but Democrats get a love fest.

rmkdbq on June 11, 2014 at 3:00 PM

The economic professor can’t spot out an answer on minimum wage? C’mon, that suggests a certain detachment from the issues of the day, no? But defend him — you guys are the ones who thought “what magazines do you read!” was a “gotcha” question.

urban elitist on June 11, 2014 at 2:47 PM

He gave an answer you dolt; wages can’t surpass productivity.

dorkintheroad on June 11, 2014 at 2:49 PM

Urban can’t understand anything about the minimum wage except what his mom paints on his protest poster.

Cheese Wheel on June 11, 2014 at 3:02 PM

jon1979 on June 11, 2014 at 2:51 PM

That’s fair. I really thought he did fine – and he framed his answers in a way to support himself, not create soundbites. So when some idiot like UE shows up spouting off their ignorance they can be given the info to shut them up. Noah did a very poor job here. I am sure he will get better. Or else we will “vote” him out of office by refusing to read his posts, thus hurting traffic hits and costing Salem money. I can take provocative postings. But complete misreadings – and some would be less generous than that with reason – make me decide you aren’t worth the time. AP I frequently disagree with, but I like his writing and enjoy his arguments. This was a hack job. Maybe Noah was up too late last night crying over amnesty gone up in flames.

Zomcon JEM on June 11, 2014 at 3:02 PM

I realize that I’m not a professional writer, but, here’s my take.

kingsjester on June 11, 2014 at 2:59 PM

Good piece! But you’re way too Conservative for HA….;)

d1carter on June 11, 2014 at 3:03 PM

“Do you believe in it?” “Should it be raised?” “Should there be a minimum wage?”

Still waiting for an answer.

urban elitist on June 11, 2014 at 3:05 PM

d1carter on June 11, 2014 at 3:03 PM

Thank you, my friend!

Too Southern, too. :)

kingsjester on June 11, 2014 at 3:05 PM

Not so. He gave a perfect answer. Just see the video. Don’t go by Noah’s excerpt.

Schadenfreude on June 11, 2014 at 2:54 PM

no, i saw it… what i meant was that he didn’t want to give a short and simple answer, which i think was what todd was looking for. but i do think his answer was good.

Sachiko on June 11, 2014 at 2:59 PM

chuck turd asked questions like “Are you interventionist or an isolationist”. I was waiting for the turd to ask if he had stopped beating his wife yet. Brat answered fine.

VegasRick on June 11, 2014 at 3:05 PM

Unfortunately for the GOP Establishment, even if those that voted for Brat are all that show up for him in November, he will still win.

:)

TheRightMan on June 11, 2014 at 3:00 PM

Hope you’re right. I was thinking they could try to goose Dem turnout. Fortunately there probably aren’t enough Dems to make the difference given what will probably be a huge swell for Brat no matter what the MSM throws out.

Missy on June 11, 2014 at 3:06 PM

Todd was going for a gotcha moment and Brat coming off an election season was art to wait until he has a chance to gather his thoughts before answering.

neyney on June 11, 2014 at 3:06 PM

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Schadenfreude on June 11, 2014 at 3:06 PM

The weird thing here is the assumption that questions like “where are you on minimum wage?” And “would you arm the Syrian rebels?” constitutes a “grilling” by evil leftist propagandists.

Too early to say the guys a moron, but he is clearly not particularly well-informed.

urban elitist on June 11, 2014 at 2:21 PM

The interesting thing here is that we still don’t know why you’re a racist pedophile.

NotCoach on June 11, 2014 at 2:29 PM

Another pedophile troll? Is trolling the only job they can get because of being on the register of sex criminals?

slickwillie2001 on June 11, 2014 at 3:06 PM

urban elitist on June 11, 2014 at 3:05 PM

Hold your breath while you wait. You should be a lovely shade of blue.

kingsjester on June 11, 2014 at 3:06 PM

“Do you believe in it?” “Should it be raised?” “Should there be a minimum wage?”

Still waiting for an answer.

urban elitist on June 11, 2014 at 3:05 PM

He answered, you just didn’t want to hear it.

VegasRick on June 11, 2014 at 3:06 PM

Smart not art….darned tiny phone keyboard!!!

neyney on June 11, 2014 at 3:07 PM

Was there an interview with the Dem nominee…?

d1carter on June 11, 2014 at 3:07 PM

IOW he didn’t give todd policy ammo to use against him for the next few months.

dmacleo on June 11, 2014 at 3:07 PM

Does anyone here think that MSNBC is a good place for a neophyte ‘Tea Party’ candidate to make their national televised debut? It wouldn’t have taken much thought to avoid this pitfall, especially when you could have gone on any number of shows/networks whose editorial position is other than taking a chunk out of your hide. He needs to get a media adviser FAST!!!

Ricard on June 11, 2014 at 3:07 PM

Ugh. He hasn’t crafted responses to topical questions like that, plus he expected to be feted for his victory…on MSNBC? Terrific.

That Cook rating on the district doesn’t mean squat if the R candidate falls flat on his face.

changer1701 on June 11, 2014 at 2:14 PM

Yes.. What is your position on the minimum wage is a pretty standard question? But then again, the Tea Party doesn’t put much stock in actually recruiting and vetting competent candidates.

Illinidiva on June 11, 2014 at 3:08 PM

Illinidiva on June 11, 2014 at 3:08 PM

Would you care for a Kleenex?

kingsjester on June 11, 2014 at 3:09 PM

I’m getting the sense that HA will soon go the way of the dinosaur. With AP and the new guy, Rothman , it’s a bit much for a lot of conservatives to put up with, their cheap BS stuff. And illegal alien amnesty-Dream (nightmare) is a non-starter!

tomshup on June 11, 2014 at 3:10 PM

“Do you believe in it?” “Should it be raised?” “Should there be a minimum wage?”

Still waiting for an answer.

urban elitist on June 11, 2014 at 3:05 PM

Benghazi, IRS, VA, Bergdahl, wondering if I can keep my health care plan…still waiting on answers

dorkintheroad on June 11, 2014 at 3:10 PM

Yes.. What is your position on the minimum wage is a pretty standard question? But then again, the Tea Party doesn’t put much stock in actually recruiting and vetting competent candidates.

Illinidiva on June 11, 2014 at 3:08 PM

Yeah, the PhD in economics is clearly incompetent regarding…economics.

Good Solid B-Plus on June 11, 2014 at 3:10 PM

Would you care for a Kleenex?

kingsjester on June 11, 2014 at 3:09 PM

She is practicing for when she becomes a true troll.

cozmo on June 11, 2014 at 3:11 PM

Still waiting for an answer.

urban elitist on June 11, 2014 at 3:05 PM

Dunk your head in the D-latrine, while you wait.

Schadenfreude on June 11, 2014 at 3:11 PM

Would you care for a Kleenex?

kingsjester on June 11, 2014 at 3:09 PM

Yeah.. I would care for you dolts to not go out of your way to lose us elections. I know.. we’re going to nominate Christine O’Donnell for President in 2016.

Illinidiva on June 11, 2014 at 3:12 PM

Yes.. What is your position on the minimum wage is a pretty standard question? But then again, the Tea Party doesn’t put much stock in actually recruiting and vetting competent candidates.

Illinidiva on June 11, 2014 at 3:08 PM

Dummy, he answered. View the tape, not what Noah excerpted.

Schadenfreude on June 11, 2014 at 3:12 PM

Dude just sounded like an economics professor to me. I didn’t hear anything with which I disagreed. His head is probably spinning from all the attention.

But, yeah, Brat, word to the wise: stay off MSNBC. They only exist to harm you. They will come with a smile, and a knife behind their back.

WhatSlushfund on June 11, 2014 at 3:13 PM

Yeah, the PhD in economics is clearly incompetent regarding…economics.

Good Solid B-Plus on June 11, 2014 at 3:10 PM

No, but he can be incompetent on running for Congress. You give a two second soundbite on that sort of question.

Illinidiva on June 11, 2014 at 3:13 PM

I’m getting the sense that HA will soon go the way of the dinosaur. With AP and the new guy, Rothman , it’s a bit much for a lot of conservatives to put up with, their cheap BS stuff. And illegal alien amnesty-Dream (nightmare) is a non-starter!

tomshup on June 11, 2014 at 3:10 PM

There are plenty of other blogs run by HA commenters that are probably more to your liking.. or maybe you could start one…..Of course a bit of talent is recommended if you plan to attract the traffic HA generates….

Bradky on June 11, 2014 at 3:13 PM

Ugh. He hasn’t crafted responses to topical questions like that, plus he expected to be feted for his victory…on MSNBC? Terrific.

That Cook rating on the district doesn’t mean squat if the R candidate falls flat on his face.

changer1701 on June 11, 2014 at 2:14 PM

Yes.. What is your position on the minimum wage is a pretty standard question? But then again, the Tea Party doesn’t put much stock in actually recruiting and vetting competent candidates.

Illinidiva on June 11, 2014 at 3:08 PM

We don’t live in Illinois, home of Obama, Rahm Emanuel, Dick Durbin, Luis Guiterrez. We’re all just common white trash.

Cheese Wheel on June 11, 2014 at 3:13 PM

Dummy, he answered. View the tape, not what Noah excerpted.

Schadenfreude on June 11, 2014 at 3:12 PM

No he didn’t.. It is a yes or no answer.

Illinidiva on June 11, 2014 at 3:14 PM

Yeah.. I would care for you dolts to not go out of your way to lose us elections. I know.. we’re going to nominate Christine O’Donnell for President in 2016.

Illinidiva on June 11, 2014 at 3:12 PM

Your pain is schadenfreudig beyond belief. Since 1899, when the Cantor position was created, not ONE was ever knocked off.

It must hurt, badly.

DIABLOs are NO different from the D-rats. In fact, you are worse. How is Romney’s presidency going, hon?

Schadenfreude on June 11, 2014 at 3:14 PM

“Do you believe in it?” “Should it be raised?” “Should there be a minimum wage?”
Still waiting for an answer.
urban elitist on June 11, 2014 at 3:05 PM

He gave you the answer just not in the compact sound bite you wanted. Boo freaking hoo. Still waiting for a direct answer from Obama if he wants to ban any guns.

crrr6 on June 11, 2014 at 3:14 PM

Illinidiva on June 11, 2014 at 3:12 PMIllinidiva on June 11, 2014 at 3:12 PM

Hate Conservatism, huh?

Why don’t you just join the Democrat Party, if you support all of their policies?

kingsjester on June 11, 2014 at 3:14 PM

“he’s going to have to get it together real quick now that he’s been thrust into the national spotlight.”

Not really.

Brat won a local elections by winning over local voters. The rest is just hyperbole and distractions.

Brat will need those same voters, in a heavily Republican District to win in November. I believe people will be forgiving, since the entire idea was to elect a novice.

Our Founders never envisioned a professional political class. In fact, they abhorred it. That’s why it is refreshing to see Mr. Brat honestly and without reservation demur.

We don’t need canned speeches and party rhetoric. We need a representative.

Marcus Traianus on June 11, 2014 at 3:15 PM

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